Financial Times Editor
There are several great books to recommend to readers this summer, including John Preston’s fall, A fascinating story about the rise and fall of Robert Maxwell, and World for sale, In which Javier Blas and Jack Farchy tell the fascinating stories of powerful commodity traders and mysterious actors in markets and geopolitics. My first choice is the story everyone should read when we emerge from the devastation of the coronavirus.Michael Lewis Hunch It tells the story of a group of pious American scientists and medical professionals who spent years preparing for a Covid-like pandemic, but each time they were thwarted by politicians and bureaucrats. This is the old-fashioned Lewis, a very attractive and creepy condemnation of the failure of the system.Now I am reading Leila Slimani’s Other people’s land, The vivid and multifaceted beginning of the post-1945 trilogy by this French-Moroccan writer will be published in English in August as a The country of others.
FT Literature Editor
Since travel is still not on the agenda, many of us have to explore closer to home.in Deep Time Notes Helen Gordon invites us to take a look at the world under our feet and take us back to the billions of years in which the earth was created, shaped and changed-actually a tropical beach under the sidewalk. Back in the recent times, I like Alaa al-Aswany’s very much Republic of False Truth A convincing account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011, with all its dashed hopes and cynical suppression. A powerful reminder why novels are often the best way to convey reality.Similarly, Sergey Lebedev’s Unable to track Set in a world full of poisonous dissidents, conflicting morals, and Kremlin power politics, it is a lingering sinister thriller.Like many FT readers, lock-in prompted me to explore the world of audiobooks, catching up with some gems, including Jonathan Keeble’s wonderful reading of Daniel Kehlmann chiffon. In the context of the horror and turbulence of the Thirty Years’ War, facts, novels and ideas are cleverly combined. Great listening.
FT weekend edit
I have read more enduring books this year than any year in my memory, but one of them easily stands out: passenger. Its protagonist is a German Jewish businessman who crisscrosses on the train, first confused, then fearful. Crystal nightIt is an astonishing reflection of human weakness, a painful chart of the speed of decent implosion, a thriller, and a deep insight into Nazi Germany. In 1938, the 23-year-old German Jew Ulrich Alexander Boschwitz wrote this book at a dizzying speed while in exile. The story of his fate and the discovery of the manuscript two years ago is itself an extraordinary story. His novels are quoted along with Hans Fallada’s novels-this is a matter of course.
FT Contributing Editor
in Doom: The Politics of Disaster, Niall Ferguson (Niall Ferguson) provides a joyous journey from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius to the various disasters of the upcoming Cold War ll. Nevertheless, despite the description of a series of tragedies, I found this strangely exciting. Ferguson adopted Amartya Sen’s legendary analysis that famines are usually man-made rather than natural—think Stalin’s collectivization policy—and extended the argument to epidemics. The plague is natural, but in his opinion, the United States’ response to the Asian flu in 1957 was much more effective than its response to Covid-19. He criticized the failure of bureaucracy and thought about everything from death to science fiction. Sir.
FT Contributing Editor
If you don’t have the time or patience to read non-fiction works that are only used as a communication function; clichés and clichés; if you desire a language that excels in poetry, philosophy, vision, and music, then it’s for you (and of course for me) The writer is Philip Hoare Albert and the whale, Is almost a masterpiece, but also for your summer fun, riots, meditation, lighting, and definitely because when you live on its page, spend a day on the beach, these reasons will be obvious . On the surface, about Dürer, the pictures of the hare, the wings of the blue roller, and the stunning watercolor paintings on the great lawn, Hall also interacted with Irvin Panowski, Thomas Mann, and Marianne. · Moore, WH Auden and others communicated, especially himself: swimming in the tides of his free association and learned analogies, but never drowned. Oh yes, you can also see the thrilling, profound and prophetic vastness of cetaceans.
FT Life & Arts columnist
In Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest novel, whereaboutsWritten in the Italian language she used and translated into English by herself, she is still a storyteller. In her hands, we can always expect to find the ordinary sacred and ordinary elegance to be uncovered constantly. We follow the twists and turns of the meditation of an anonymous woman who pays attention to her life. When she observes the people inside, when she reflects on her own thoughts, when she walks through the door, goes up the stairs, along the corridors, and walks on the streets in the corner of her world, we remember how our own lives are almost There is no narrative concerning the human condition.
I am Oakley
Novelist and poet
in All the blood in the night is black David Diop deploy Griot The tradition of storytelling tells the terrible stories of Africans in the First World War. Diop reversed a narrative command, which produced emotion and reality that would be stifled in any other narration, revealing that the mode of narration is the mode of experience. The important decolonization of the narrative tyranny of World War I.
I am often burned by the “book everyone is talking about”, so I found Zakiya Dalila Harris’s Another black girl With suspicion– Fashion Devil Satisfy Go out, Really? The novel started with office drama-when Hazel joined Wagner Books, 26-year-old Nella was so excited that she wanted to make friends with “another black girl” from a liberal white publishing company in Manhattan-but the dive was bolder and more daring. The tough field. Harris, who works at Penguin Random House, offers a hot thriller that is very interesting in its incitement to the dutiful emptiness of racism and diversity in publishing, and in this one about a wandering innocent woman In the warning story, the approaching horror enters the woods of friendship with too much trust. Another black girl Will make you cry with laughter; my perfect summer reading.
Whether we are supporting our argument or Shoot down our enemies, Our metaphor betrays the way we defend our faith like soldiers, Julia Galev said Boy Scout Mindset: Why do some people see clearly, some people can’t see clearlyIn a sharp and original book, she proposed a better analogy: we should be like scouts, trying to map and clarify an uncertain world. She deliberately explained why the Boy Scout mentality can not only help us be right, but also help us be happy.
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FT Global Business Columnist
in Everything she carries: Ashley’s sacks trip, a souvenir from a black family, Harvard Professor Tia Miles Brings an extraordinary scholarship to the heartbreaking story of a simple cotton bag that tells the story of a nation. The words embroidered on it are a kind of art of their own:
My great grandmother rose
Ashley’s mother gave her this sack, when
She was sold in South Carolina when she was 9 years old
It is holding 3 pieces of tattered clothes
Braids of pecan rose hair.tell her
It is always full of my love
She never saw her again
Ashley is my grandmother
If you want to understand what black people have meant in the United States for two centuries, please read this article.
Chairman of FT Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief
If you want a book, it will not only give you an in-depth understanding of why and how racism It’s such a scourge in the United States today, but it also proposes a way to think about the future in a more positive — even optimistic — way. Heather McGeeof Our sum It should be a must-read. Although she focuses on the African American community and Black Lives Matter information, McGhee’s ideas can be transplanted anywhere.Better yet, read this article The authority of Isabel Wilkinson Caste, To look at the problems faced by (almost) every person in business and finance today with a strong perspective.
Novelist and Financial Times writer
I like comrades in Helen Garner Yellow notebook, The first volume of her diary, which contains random observations of the highest level, and recurring clues to the painful dissolution of marriages, mother-daughter love, newlyweds auditions, career success and disasters:… It’s you The best state”. The keen reading of literary works coincides with the keen reading of life, all of which have a creative passion, rigorous and exciting, often high-spirited, and sometimes full of malice. She knows how to live and is drinking After drinking three glasses of Chablis, admiring the dying man’s pajamas or making calico cushions, just to prove that she is not drunk.
FT Alphaville reporter
My summer reading program usually involves dragging heavy large books, and within a few weeks of reading them, the pages of these large books are bleached and crumpled by the sun. When the good weather this year finally comes, I tend to get something lighter.Melissa Broad Milk feeding That’s it-a touching, poignant, but also funny, erotic and delightful weird story, a young non-employed Jewish woman obsessed with food and a fat mother who fell in love with a bigger one Orthodox woman, she met the living room in frozen yogurt. I devour a book as quickly and enthusiastically as the protagonist devours a rainbow sprinkle.
2021 summer book
This week, the writers and critics of the British “Financial Times” shared their favorites. Some highlights are:
on Monday: business By Andrew Hill
on Tuesday: economics By Martin Wolf
on Wednesday: history By Tony Barber
Thursday: political Gideon Rahman
Friday: Fiction by Laura Battelle
on Saturday: Critics’ choice